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9:30 gm t, not much time to get to higher ground. the philippines the tsunami or arrives at 9:55, marshall islands, 10:13. indonesia some omer rise if you're watching this from place that's are under a watch and you i didn't name you, that's because you have several hours to prepare yourselves. we'll continue to update that list as that initial wave continues to get closer. >> we're looking at these pictures. we can see something is ablaze there on the ground. this very strange wave of mud and debris with boats included and cars and all sorts of thing. it is when you see something like this unfold before your
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very eyes, there is nowhere to run when you have something like that coming so fast towered. and of course, it appears to be fairly slow when you're looking aerially. if you're on the ground and that is moving at such a fast speed. you can see the boat there. unbelievable. >> unbelievable pictures. there is a building or a couple buildings on fire and are moving with this tsunami. it is just something you have never seen before. and there is a pretty big vessel there getting pushed ashore. the one good thing that i'm seeing here, there are home now in the way but generally if you've noticed, this has been through farmland. there's that fire that i've been talking about. a moving blaze along the tsunami. just unbelievable stuff here. >> i'm getting word there is some sound here. will he just pause for a moment and have a listen. >> live coverage in the area.
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north of japan. for those of you who just tuned into nhk world, a major hit about an hour ago. 1:10 ago. japan's meteorological agency says the quake measured magnitude 8.4. they have revised it upwards to 8.4. the agency has issued a tsunami warning for japan's coast. the tsunami waves of up to four meeters were observed soon after the quake. they are warning the tsunami could reach between six and ten meters. we're getting reports of several buildings on fire. we don't know the exact amount of damage but we are soon to get a report from the meteorological agency. they are setting up to find out the extent of the damage. all transportation systems in tokyo as well as northern japan
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has been stopped. airports closed in tokyo, a great earthquake has hit japan. magnitude 8.4 in northern japan. the agency has been warning the tsunami everness is the quake. and a tsunami has hit the miyagi area as our camera crew are up covering and showing you exactly what is going on. the deputy chief cabinet secretary told reporters on friday that the governor of miyagi prefecture where it has hit hardest has asked the government to send self-defense force units to deal with the situation. the defense ministry official say south defense force personnel are currently contacting local governments and related agency to assess the extent of the damage.
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earlier prime minister kan and his cabinet have gathered at the prime minister's office where an emergency task force has been set up to respond to the earthquake. the task force will gather information on damage and prepare for more possible tsunamis. japan's prime minister has ordered officials to start preparing for foreign assistance. he has also told them to check on the safety of foreigners living here in japan. the pacific tsunami warning center has issued a tsunami wang, not just for japan but also for russia, mar ques island, game, wake island and taiwan. the pacific tsunami warning center has issued a tsunami warning not just for japan where a tsunami has already struck. you can see some of the damage
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so far in northern japan but also for russia, mar-q unez, game, wake island and taiwan. for those of you just tuning in and living anywhere close to the coastal areas of russia, marquez, wake, game, taiwan, please, do not go near the waters. move to higher ground as soon as possible. you're watching nhk world. a major quake hit friday afternoon. this happened an hour and 20 minutes ago. jch's meteorological agency says it was 8.4 magnitude. they've issued a tsunami warning for japan's pacific coast. in northern japan, waves up to four meters were observed soon after the quake.
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the agency is warning that the tsunami could be between six and ten meters. you're seeing some of the tsunami damage so far in miyagi prefecture in the area where the home and farms have been flooded. with the tsunami went upstream the river. according to the transport ministry, the airport has opened two of its four runways. they have opened two of the four runways. the airport had earlier closed all runways. the airport has opened two of the four runways. the japan road traffic information center, the japan road traffic information center and police say express ways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed.
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is the traffic center and police say express ways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed. it assumes that most elevators came to a halt in the region affected by the disaster. according to toshiba elevator, they assume most elevators came to a halt in the region affected by the disaster. at the moment, the company has been collecting information about mechanical troubles. the industry minister's nuclear and industrial safety agency has put into place an emergency center for the earthquake. it will collect information concerning dangs caused by the earthquake to nuclear power plants around the country. for those of you just tuned in to nhk world, you're seeing live coverage. the tsunami has struck. a major earthquake hit japan on friday afternoon. japan's meteorological agency says the quake measured
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magnitude 8.4. >> listening there to nhk coverage there in japan, they keep talking about an 8.4. we're talking about an 8.9 quake. a great quake. i received a tweet here from a person who is in japan. i've asked them and sent them a tweet to ask for their number so we can talk to them. they're saying frequent aftershocks, a first time in my life. in japan. so this is a traveller, a tourist in japan who is tweeting to me. and anyone else who is in japan who wants to send a tweet, please take the time. feel free if it is safe at rosemary cnn. do get online and send a twitter. led get back to the pictures. get that sound turned down in meer if you don't mind. it is distracting. we're looking at all of this
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debris on the ground there. just moving right across japan coming from the coastal areas. we see the boats. we see cars, mud, all the debris moving through there. thankfully this is farm area. it is moving into somer building there's and we saw the blaze on the ground. i want to go back to see what additional information ivan has. >> we just had another major earthquake offshore. a 7.1 which would be devastating enough. shl over enough and closer to the shore. some of these folks in these farmlands in these buildings have no idea what is happening right now. they are perhaps 100 plus kilometers away from the shore and they are seeing on a sunny day in japan, this coming in. unless you're watching tv and unless you're listening to the radio, you won't have an idea what's coming up. this is where we get the
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casualties. folks not aware of what's coming and not able to reach higher ground. unfortunately, the tragic thing is we're seeing that wave of mud and debris and buildings and fire just encompass some of those home there. and we hope they're empty. certainly some of them probably are not, rosemary. there you see the initial wave coming in. also we want to keep monitoring folks in the back, the shoreline. again, this is not happened once. we're talking about a tsunami that come in. the first initial wave and then another wave and perhaps even a third wave after that. with an 8.9 great earthquake. that shallow, that close to the shore. there are going to be more tsunamis coming in. so we'll have to watch that very closely there. that doesn't look good there. you see the breakers there. an ongoing threat. so this is going to be historic undeed. >> and where people can.
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and of course it very difficult. you need to get to higher ground. in any of those countries we've mentioned, any of the coastal areas, you need to move and you need to move quickly and get to higher ground. i've got matt talk us to us from he can to yoefl he was there when the earthquake hit. now an 8.9 magnitude quake. tell us about the situation. for you, when this magnitude 8.9 hit. >> it was absolutely unlike anything i've ever experienced before. i've been living here eight years now. this was quite simfully biggest, longest lasting earthquake i've ever experienced here. >> that's it. our reporter there was saying she thought it was four to five minutes. was that your sense as well? >> the ground was rolling for an extended period of time. my wife and i stood outside and
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basically held on to the outside of our house. you couldn't even stand up. at the peak of these waves that were washing over the ground, you literally could not stay on your feet. you have to crouch down in a ball or put your back against something so you didn't fall. that's exactly what we did for the length, the duration of it. it was probably two minutes and felt like it was a lot longer. >> are you saying that you live there? you're actually traveling there? >> i actually live here. i've lived here the last eight years and i live on the west side of the city in a little section of tokyo. and yes, there are earthquakes from time to time but we've never, ever felt anything on the literal magnitude of what we experienced today. >> that's exactly the story we're hearing. as we are talking, we're looking at this extraordinary wave. another tsunami wave moving toward the japanese coast. where are you located?
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are you away from any threat of tsunami coming ashore? >> yes. we're very fortunately located inland. there are rivers and streams but those aren't being affected by the tsunami. i would say we're a good 10 to 15 miles from coastline so we don't have to worry about that where we are. the footage that we're seeing, the video that we're seeing on the television screens is absolutely, it is heart-wrenching, actually. you know that probably a lot of those people did not have a chance to evacuate before the wave hit. even though they were telling people, you need to get away from the shorelines. you need to get away from the water. watching this wave hit and cars and buildings and houses being swept away. i think we're going to see a significant number of casualties. especially in the northern part of the country. >> you've been there a number of years. i have to apologize. someone was nauk my ear when you mentioned the number of years you've been there. how long did you say you've been
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there? >> i've been here for eight years. my wife is japanese. she's lived here most of her life. this was something neither of us, we were completely unprepared for this. it was a beautiful spring day. it was sunny outside. i had just come home from a little errand to the grocery store and all of a sudden, bam. it just hit. you could tell this was different instantly from other little tremors that we've had before. things started falling off the shelves and the desks. you could hear this strange eerie creeking sound of all the buildings all around us as they were shaken by the tremor of the ground. it was something i hope i never have to hear again. unfortunately, we keep getting aftershocks. we've had three or four so far. probably going to be other ones as well. >> the reality, living in japan, this is something that you're very used to. as you sxa of course as people
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who have lived there all their lives, they know when this is different. and this felt very different. >> i think this will be a tremor to remember so to speak. i think people will be talking about this for a long time to come. tokyo hasn't seen anything like this in decades. more than half a century. >> and matt, you mentioned your wife is japanese. for her presumably, when this quake hit, she was no doubt a little calmer, perhaps, than you were. because she would be used to this situation. what did she say to you? >> absolutely. you know, the first thing she said was to open up all the doors and the windows just in case. japanese people have been trained for this contingency since they were children. it is such an earthquake prone country. the first thing is leave the windows and doors open. in case the building shifts, you don't want to get trapped if the doors get caught in the door jams. we brought our shoes in the
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house with us which is something in japan you never do. you never bring your shoes in with you. we brought them inside in case there was broken ground. she said get in the corner, put your back against something and wait for the tremors to subside before trying to stand up and walk around so you don't hit your head. she was the cool headed voice of reason during this. i was pretty much running around like a chicken with my head cut off. >> the calming influence of a wife that's very much needed in a situation like this. as we speak, we are continuing to look at these aerial shots. we saw that justify began tuck wave hitting again toward the coast. we've probably witnessed in live tv in all of our global audience and people in the u.s. have witnessed this. we've watched it unfold. which i can't remember a situation where this ever occurred. whir see this occur. japan and the journalists are used to covering these things.
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they have their cameras trained on all these critical shot like the tsunami waves coming to shore. i don't know if you can talk to some of the pictures we saw a little earlier. we saw all of this mud and debris boats and cars moving across a farm area. now i don't know if you were able to talk to that at all. what can you say and tell us about that? >> the earthquake, the he was of the earthquake as far as i understand it was in a prefecture sell hundred kilometers north of tokyo. and i think the footage we're seeing largely of these waves of debris, it is like a monster movie. seeing this stuff wiping out entire sections of the coastline is all generally from that area. also, the northern most island of japan is taking a major hit. we've been seeing a lot of footage of what is washing over farmland and other places near to the coastline. there has been some really heart-wrenching footage of cars
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racing away from the water. unfortunately, we don't know if those people made it away or not. just watching it, it really is almost, it is terrifying. it is really terrifying. and there are scattered reports -- >> please, go on. i wanted to make the point that's what's disturbing about covering this. as we look at the pictures we must not forget that there are people there on the ground when these waves of mud and debris sweep over the land. and this is a big problem. we don't know the casualties at this point. of course, that we will learn a little later. maybe perhaps even hours from now. but matt, going back to your description. it is quite extraordinary what you're able to reveal to us as we cover this story. >> immediately after the first tremors subsided, we went and turned on the tv. all of the channels immediately switched to earthquake coverage. official earthquake coverage
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when something like this happens. so everybody was told, you could hear on all the tvs, making announcements on the street over loud speakers to get away to evacuate if you're anywhere near water. if you're anywhere near that sort of area, to get away from it. and it is, we either, there were several minutes before the water actually hit. they can predict it with very, very high degree of accuracy. and so there is a good hope, at least i hope that many of the people watching tv and heard about this and know about tsunamis from living in that area were able to evacuate the shorelines. but you can't tell. when you see thing like cars being swept away in the water, is there somebody in there? that's something that is weighing on all of our minds right now. >> and something that struck me, matt, when i was talking to our reporter in tokyo was the time, the delay between the earthquake hitting and the final decision to evacuate people from an underground area. from the subways there which i
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found striking. anywhere else, there wouldn't necessarily be that delay and would you move very quickly. is that because people are so used to earthquakes hitting that it takes them a little while to assess whether this is a deadly one and they need to move quickly. >> you know, i think absolutely that japanese people are more attuned to earthquakes. they're more used to it certainly than i was where i grew up on the east coast of the united states, we don't have much in the way of earthquakes. and they tend to take it in stride. but this was larger than anyone expected. it went on for longer than anyone expected and there is a high degree of self-sufficiency among people here. person isly with are ready to earthquakes. as my wife showed where she was cool head asked had all of these techniques for dealing with an earthquake hitting, i'm sure long before an official announcement to evacuate, people felt these tremors would have some sense of when to do and begin to leave the areas. the real danger right now is
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that tsunamis that are hitting, i'm looking at the coverage of the aurt up north which has been completely inundated. it is completely underwater. so this is a major, major hit to japan's infrastructure. i haven't heard anything about what's going on with the subways downtown. i know that they are prone in some cases to being filled with water in the event of a tsunami hitting but i haven't seen or heard any reports of that. certainly up nor and all of the coastal areas are taking a major, major hit. >> and of course we know as we've discussed that the japanese are very used to these earthquakes. the cities are built to withstand major earthquakes. what sort of measures are in place to deal with tsunamis on the ground there? >> well, there are quite a few. most places that are tsunami prone, most of the cities have large walls that are built around them. the townships. even small places have large flood gates and things like
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that. tokyo has a very, tokyo has an extremely elaborate system of flood gates that are used to divert floodwaters. so i think there is a high chance that there is going to be less casualties than there might otherwise be in places that don't have these sorts of measures in place. but japan has known about the threats of tsunamis for a very, very long time. and there is almost no case that i can think of where a coastal city is not behind some kind of wall or built atop some kind of abutment to bring it far higher than the level have sea level. that's what's so frightening about these photos. the waters look to be overwhelming a lot of these measures that have been put in place and i don't think this is any kind of statement about ill preparedness. i think it is just a testament to how powerful this earthquake was and how powerful the tsunami is. it is currently hitting japan even as we speak on the phone right now.
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>> indeed. this is unfolding before our very eyes. as we talk the audience through this know we're looking at these pictures now from the airport where people have gone to the highest ground they can possibly get to. and water surrounds them at the base there. and as you mentioned, presumably, that area where the water is sweeping under is a measure in place to ensure that when these tsunamis hit, the water can actually clear the area. the problem is for anyone who unfortunately was on the ground at the time. of course, matt, we talk about how hopefully casualties will be low. we keep comparing this to the earthquake back in 2004 that particularly affected indonesia. the one in the indian ocean. the difference here as you point out, the structures. we're going to pause. matt, i want you to stay there if you wouldn't mind. we're going to pose for a moment to listen in to nhk coverage.
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>> you can see an inferno, a fire breaking out. oil at large breaking out. black smoke seen billowing from the refinery. it looks like firefighters are having an almost impossible situation to control that at this time. a large fire breaking out of an oil refinery in chiba prefecture. that fire does not look like it is going to be going out any time soon. obviously, we are reporting this as we see things and as information starts coming into our newsroom. things fluid, developing as we speak. several fires have broken out in
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tokyo as well. the fire department says fires have been reported in several places, including central tokyo. that is the area where it has been reclaimed land along the coastal areas. right now you're seeing fire breaking out at an oil refinery in ichihara your. chiba northeast of tokyo. our helicopters at miyagi prefecture in sendai where a large tsunami has hit an area engulfing big parts of the city. the tsunami had moved upstream quickly. engulfed the area.
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you're seeing live footage from our helicopters up in miyagi prefecture in the sendai area where a large tsunami has engulfed farmlands, homes, cars. we do not know the number of casualties at this time. a major earthquake hit japan on friday afternoon about an hour and 40 minutes ago. the magnitude was 8.4. one of the largest earthquakes ever to happen in japan. the agency has issued a tsunami warning for japan's pacific coast. that tsunami obviously engulfing miyagi prefecture, a large amount of that your. in northeastern japan. we're going back to live pictures of downtown tokyo. it looks like cars are moving along right outside of our nhk
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studios. we're seeing live footage of tokyo. we're seeing more cars outside. it looks like there could be a bit of a traffic jam. we're seeing in downtown shibuya area. we're seeing more cars than usual during this time. the powerful earthquake has stopped the bullet train across the country. trains around the tokyo area. each japan railway company says the lines, the northern lines have been stopped. the major tokaido line, all trains between tokyo and to the southwest. train from tokyo were stopped for security checks. central japan railway company later said part of the line resumed operation. >> just listening there to nhk tv coverage there in japan pointing out that inferno from an oil refinery.
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that was northeast of tokyo and sell fires being reported in tokyo itself. i've getting a number tweets from people in japan. this from kevin. hey, in japan on teaching exchange. didn't expect this. watching your updates. aftershock not as bad as i thought. he is clearly in an area fairly safe, away from all of this. anyone who is there at ground level, anyone near the coast needs to get to higher ground. got our reporter there at the bureau in tokyo there with us. an incredible day for you. it started with the, you shooting a story at the train station. and this unfolded. take us through that if you could. >> reporter: i kind of get a recap of exactly what happened. we did lose a little bit of track of time as to what happened around 2:40. we were at tokyo station. one of japan's busiest train
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stations. in tokyo, it is where you see many, many people boarding and getting off trains. right around 2:40 we felt the very first earthquake hit. it went on for several minutes. all the signs around us were sheikh back and forth. the lights were flickering. people were grabbing each other. children were crying. there was definitely a sense that in a country that is used to earthquakes, this was very different and this was something that was going to last for a while. after several minutes of trying to figure out what happened, there was an announcement asking people to stay underground, to stay calm. i just learned the earthquake was offshore and that the tsunami was coming to the northeastern part of japan. as we're getting a little more information about -- exactly what it was we're learning. 8.8 according to the usgs.
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we were last on the phone. we were talking and i was trying to find out what was happening to the passengers. the people were told to stay put. people were out of the underground and we started to move. that's when we lost our cell signals. they're getting tough to get here in tokyo. the phone lines are very difficult. we have one phone line. it is difficult to reach people. i got from tokyo station to here with no rail lines, bus lines interrupted. it is extraordinarily difficult to get across tokyo. you either have to walk or if you get lucky, got into a cab as somebody was getting out i got into a cab and calm across. every sidewalk is packed with people, it is about 3:30. when i was heading back toward the bureau, everybody was pouring the out of office buildings. children are leaving schools.
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people are on the sidewalk trying to figure out how to get home. people have to commute an hour sometime back home. they don't have anyway to get there. all the taxis are taken. it is an unusual sight to see the city of tokyo, one with the biggest population in the world. every train line has been stopped. no planes in the area, no choppers in the air. all very, very unusual. and when i got here, the elevator, of course, is out and people are walk up and down out of high rises trying to figure out how to get home. >> and as you spoke to us, we need to mention that it is now upgraded to an 8.9 magnitude quake. we can see there, actually, a person there calling for help, basically with the white flag. they want to be evacuated from their home. they're in fairly high ground but you can see they are surrounded in water. so they are calling for help there to that helicopter that is
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giving aerial coverage. for a moment, i am being flooded with tweets here. just for a moment, i want to read a couple. this one says i'm seeing you on cnn. i would like to say my grandfather has been killed in the tsunami just 20 minutes ago. that was over 30 minutes, in actual fact. the tweet was sent out 14 minutes ago. another one is from jenny in tokyo studying abroad from wisconsin. we're still getting aftershocks. can't contact some friends so. so very worried. so getting a lot of comments. a lot of people wanting to make contact with relatives. so you can sort of see as this unfolds how desperate a lot of people on the ground are who actually want to make contact with loved ones and with friends. i just want to make that point. a magnitude 8.9 quake. a major great earthquake is what it is classified as.
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going back to you. looking at the situation there because of course, the big problem, these waves, the tsunamis coming in. we saw the wave of mud and debris. very tragically moving across the land there. but glad to say it was mostly farmland. >> reporter: as you were talking about the tweets, we were experiencing another aftershock. the ground was moving as i was listening to you anchoring there. to say that this is over is certainly not the case. we're continuing to feel the ground shaking underneath us. and it is a little alarming. you can see the looks people's faces as we walk around. as they stand still, they can continue to feel these aftershocks. and we're almost two hours after that initial quake first struck. we don't know how long this is going to go. i can tell you that the one we just felt a few seconds ago was
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as strong. this is not over yet. >> indeed. another tweet here that i received from one person saying, have everything ready in case we need to evacuate. shaking right now again. another aftershock as i'm tweeting. i do want to make the point, do not send tweets. if you are in any sense of danger, clearly you need move to higher ground. for those people who feel safe and they've found a part of tokyo or wherever they are that is fairly safe. you don't have, there is no threat of a tsunami. we are covering this as it is unfolding. we're looking at these aerial shots of what's happening on the ground there. and you can see there is mud, waves of mud, more waves coming across and hitting the coastline there. explain to us, too, what people have been saying as you've been passing them and certainly when
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you were evacuated from the train station. >> it was definitely a different feeling among people here. this is a country, the people are very used to earthquakes. people are prepared will at every japanese home, you have an earthquake kit. children know how to behave. they're prepared from the time they're very young as to what will happen in an earthquake. it was definitely different this time. a couple days ago we did experience a rather large quake. what we experienced today felt sizably larger. it is a feeling difference. i don't know how to describe it other than to say it just felt like a much stronger quake today. and it rose to a level of alarm among average person who experienced it. there was a bit more panic. people were reacting in a different way. children were crying. older people were aghast in some ways and standing still and not sure what to do. and especially on a large area. if you were in a large public
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area, you just sort of froze with the crowd and looked around. because you weren't sure exactly how to escape. especially in the underground region. in the area that i was in, in the underground subway, you heard the announcement. everyone was told to stay put. there was certainly much more of the sense of concern. i won't say that it was a level of panic. people in japan know if there is an earthquake, the worst thing you can do is panic. i will say there is a high level of concern as this earthquake struck. when people were told to leave the underground region, the first you know this they did was they tried to find pay phones to try to reach their family members. it is very difficult when you have so many people in a concentrated area, an earthquake strikes, to try to reach your family. your husband or your child. make sure everyone is okay so people were lining up for the pay phones. people were crowding around the television and trying to figure out where was the tsunami hitting. what time. did my loved one, if they live
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in that region, get out in time. so there was definitely a higher level of concern. on the way back as i was coming back from tokyo station back to the bureau, a very short distance. only a few kilometers. you can definitely sense there was confusion. a lot of people didn't know what to do. when the entire infrastructure of a city of 13 million people basically shuts down, there is definitely confusion. how am i going to get home? how do i get home safely? should i go home? there was definitely a bit more confusion and much more concern here in tokyo after this quake. >> indeed. reporting there from the bureau. i want you to stand by for a moment. just very quickly, i want to read a couple of tweets. i can hardly keep one these in actual fact. coming from japan. this from ryan. from downtown tokyo, he says, cities in absolute disarray. it is as if everyone's lives were paused trying to digest what happened. and this from hector who says i am vacationing in japan from the
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usa. i am in north tokyo. just need to click on there. he sent a link that shows the rest of what he stles in addition to that is, aftershocks happening every few minutes. many buildings on fire. i'm keeping an eye on all of those tweets that you're sending. trying to stay abreast of them. for those people vacationing in japan or who are residents of japan, we want to get your story out. you are trying to make contact with loved ones. we will do whatever we can do at this point as we cover this story. i want to go to ivan cabrera now who has more information on this 8.9 magnitude earthquake. what more have you learned? >> we'll continue to get those stories from our friends in japan and from our correspondents there. again, this is an ongoing threat that will continue. remember the tsunami is a series of waves that emanates from the epicenter of the earthquake which was an 8.9 and occurred about 130 kilometers east of japan. we've had a series of waves now
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attack japan here. and some of which now measured upwards of ten feet or close to about three meters now. and there is going to be places that it will be higher. what i want to do is update you on the warning that's are ongoing. again, this is going to be one of those pacific-wide situations here where the watches have now turned into warnings. if you are a u.s. viewer and you're watching us from the state of hawaii, you are now under a tsunami warning. estimated arrival of the tsunami first wave, remember, they're a series. the first one should arrive at around 2:59 a.m. that's hawaii standard time. if you're watching us from hawaii, that is your expected arrival of the tsunami. as we take you to the next few hours. it is now, we're coming up on two hours after the initial quake. it is now 7:40 gmt. what i want to do is read these arrival times from the waves here from the tsunami. some places here, i'm not going to read to you because the wave
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unfortunately has already arrived. we'll pick here on russia. coastal areas of russia arriving at 8:34 gmt. marquez island, 8 vol 53. in guam, taiwan, you'll be getting hit in about a couple hours here. a couple hours to get to higher ground. the waves, the tsunami wave arriving at 9:30 gmt. marshall islands 10:13. indonesia at 10:39. papua new guinea at 11:34. and we're going down the list here. so many countries here. australia now under the watch and warning as well. arrival there, rosemary, 15:20 gmt. we're going to be monitoring the tsunami here over the next several hours here. they travel at 800 kilometers per hour but it is a big pacific here. so we're going to continue to monitor that as we obviously are watching. the unbelievable live pictures.
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not only from the damage an 8.9 can cause but also the tsunami. numerous, significant aftershocks, which themselves could cause significant damage. recording one over a 7.0 magnitude. a recent one at 6.8. that 6.8, unlike the epicenter of the earthquake that initiated the tsunami, that epicenter at 6.8 was right in the heart of he can to yoex certainly causing additional damage there. we'll continue to monitor it here. i my main thing for you is to keep updating the arrival times as the computer keeps churning them out. 8.9 is the magnitude. now that has ranked as the seventh worst earthquake. the seventh worst largest magnitude earthquake here ever since we've been recording them. number seven on the list. and you can certainly see why from the pictures will. >> you certainly can.
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people want to focus on evacuati evacuation. the best advice for people given for people on lower ground is to get to higher ground. if you know this is in the 51st where you're living, you need to get away from lower ground. because these waves of water, these are deadly. they have debris in them and you must get out of the area. so if we can just go back to evacuation advice. that seem to be what people particularly want to hear. this is not just one country being affected. this is a broad area, ivan, as we've been discussing. when you're talking about australia, taiwan, philippines, indonesia, papua new guinea, marshall islands, russia, guam. it is extensive. all of those people. if you're near the coastline, you need move away from it as quickly and orderly and calmly as possible. >> absolutely. and there is no question that right now, along the region
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that's are under a pacific tsunami warning, there are folks that have no idea what's going on. they're not watching their televisions. they're not listening to the raid yoe radio. it is up to local authorities. if you know someone in your region and your cell phone is operating, give them a call and let them know what's going on. i think that's how we got the significant casualties last time. obviously indonesia had no time because of how close that 9.1 was in 2004. when you talk about a tsunami that is further away, the damage can be significant but there is no reason we have to lose any additional life. we have hours here now to warn folks that are further away from the epicenter which was right near the coast of japan. guys, if you can put us into a bit of a box here. know we're watching these live pictures. i want to give folks the scope of what we're talking about rather quickly, as far as the epicenter east of japan. and why this encompasses such a
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large region. you have to remember with the topography, here are the philippines here. here's taiwan. we're talking about china. there is japan, russia to the north. then you have the islands down here. hawaii further to the west. as the tsunami amplifies, it moves in all directions. 360 degrees. and it wraps around as well some of these islands here. if you're thinking, i'm facing to the west. i'm in no danger. not at all. a tsunami will wrap around you and cause extensive damage, as you're seeing here in japan. >> all right. i'm going to let you get more information. certainly on when those tsunamis are likely to hit. we need more information there for people across that region. and more information on evacuations. i want to go now to the prime minister of japan.
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kan. we want to hear what he has to say. >> translator: we'll do everything possible to minimize the damage. it will do its utmost. the government will put its strength together and work hard in tackling this disaster. we therefore ask the people of japan to exercise the spirit of fraternity, help each other and to act fast. to help one's family and neighbors. we should help each other to minimize the damage. we ask to you action in such a way that it will be possible to minimize the damage. >> the prime minister of japan speaking there. naoto kan pleading with people to minimize the damage. really the undertone there is to be calm as you move fast and act and help each other.
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i want to go back to our report they are at the cnn bureau in tokyo. calling on the people to remain calm, very difficult under these circumstances when you're dealing with an 8.1 magnitude quake and the tsunami still rolling in across the coastline. >> reporter: i can still feel the building shaking once in a while. this is still ongoing. people have to stay calm. we want to remund people in japan, this is a country that is very earthquake prone. and people are trained to try to be calm in something like this. although this was quite a large event. to give you an idea of when it was like at the, in many offices, many homes in japan. we're on the ninth floor of an office building. and just as the earthquake hit, all the papers went flying.
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we have a tape line sxraer the tapes are all over the floor. so what happened in our office, i wasn't here. i was at tokyo station. basically everything was shaking and anything that was piled up fell on the ground. so you know know we're still kind of sorting thing out here. what we're seeing, the after effects of the quake event. we are not having very secure phone lines. trying to get computer internet access is very difficult. transportation in the city of tokyo as well has truly come to a halt. i'm still getting informing about whether or not there is any air traffic. but i can tell you from just being at tokyo station, one of the big hubs in the city, the rail line have completely stopped. this is a city that truly relies on rail traffic. so as the offices empty out, people are being evacuated out of high rises. we are the only ones in this
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building. people are walking on the street trying to figure out how they're going to get home. the prime minister urging people to be calm is very important. you have the streets completely flooded with people. and they have to figure out what to do next. and how to get home safely. so that's really going to be the challenge at this point. tokyo is a city of 13 million people. if you have an infrastructure as vital as rail lines that are not wok right now, then you have those people who really are at a loss how to get home. i want to remind people in tokyo, it is still the middle of the workday. 4:00, 5:00 p.m. people are normally at the office. they are just about to eat pick up their kids in the 6:00 p.m. hour. they have to figure out how to do all of this safely and calmly. >> indeed. when you're talking about such a densely populated city, there are many difficulties that come with that. as we keep mentioning, the japan these knees people are used to, the japanese people are used to
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earthquakes. what mechanism is in place to ensure a calm evacuation from such a densely populated city? >> the first thing i can tell you is, on the music row level, the household level, people from the time they're children learn. here's what i do in an earthquake. i go to my earthquake quit. make sure there's water and food. cover yourself if there's no heat. they learn that at the home, here is my earthquake kit. here's what i do. here's what i practice. here's where i get my mental space to move forward safely. but on a larger scale, as far as how to behave and how to communicate, there are a number of internet carriers where you can post information about and send messages to your loved ones. that's something that could at this point start to be activated. with such a breaking news situation where people are trying to figure out exactly who is impacted and trying to reach their family and friends, that will be the challenge at this
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point. we're talking about a population that has to react on a musicro level but also a macro level. we're talking about the middle of the workday and people having to get home if they are trying to get home right now. >> undeed. this is the situation, isn't it? you were there on the subway in the train station when this initially hit. but the way described it, people were very calm in the initial stages. and that does appear to be the overall feeling here. people have been very careful and thoughtful about how they respond to this. >> reporter: i have to say after having lived here for several years, it is not in the japanese nature to panic. especially fits something that you practice and live with the possibility of an earthquake, people tend to be calm first and then react. so initially, yes.
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it was pretty calm. there were some women who i saw were panicking. some children who were crying. generally i can say people in the area i was in in the tokyo station were quite calm. as the evacuation order came to get out of the underground, that's where you start to sense a deeper level of concern. when the rail lines stop in tokyo, and this is a city where if your train is a few second late, you really feel that something is wrong. so when the train lines completely shut down, people really do get concerned. that's when we saw people lining up at the pay phones, trying to make sure they can reach their loved ones. even though it did feel very different when this earthquake struck. something that losing the infrastructure and realizing the authorities are saying, this is different. the trains aren't coming back online like they normally do. you can feel the level of concern in the crowd. >> the big concern is perhaps now less about the earthquake and more about the tsunami along
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that coastline. it is not one tsunami. it is many waves of tsunamis. and of course, the problem for a lot of people is trying the move faster than the waves do as they come on land. what sort of provisions are in place for that. i was speaking to matt alt who gave an extraordinary description of his situation as he witnessed this earthquake. he is married to a japanese lady who was able to take him through it. he was very unnerved by it. but because she has grown up there. she knew exactly what to do. this is the situation, isn't it? people are realizing this is very different to anything that they may recall in their living memory. this strength. when we heard from ivan cabrera, this is the seventh largest earthquake since they've been recorded. >> certainly. but even if you didn't live in the at the time there was a huge
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earthquake, you grow up realizing that a giant earthquake could possibly happen. so will he talk about the person you spoke with. matt. the american. he must have felt a very different experience than the japanese wife because she grew up understanding that the earthquake could happen at any time. you sort of learn that. you learn that from when you're a child. if you can get back to the tsunami as well. along the coastlines, if you've been anywhere along a japanese coastline, it really is quite different than other coastlines around the world. if you go to a port. even though we're seeing some sizable devastation from the tsunami. what is different is that there are structures in places that try to protect the people of the up to. even in a town that could face a tsunami. people learn that they could evacuate at any moment if there is a earthquake. there are systems in place to try to help them get out of there. certainly if you have a sizable
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earthquake like what we just experienced, they can't protect everybody. but people in a small fishing village like the one we're seeing that is heavily being impacted by this, they do grow up learning at any moment i could evacuate. there are system in place to get out. you try to be prepared for the worst and the worst can always happen but they do try to prepare. >> undeed. i'm not sure. i want to double-check with the control room. a number of people we're trying to get hole of. if we have any movement there. we have some of them coming on. just let me know. in the meantime, we'll continue. and of course, as we're looking at these pictures know we're seeing that person again waving the white flag. clearly in need of some assistance. in need of some help. wanting to be evacuated from that top room in the house that they're in. that is the concern, too. at this point, what are authorities doing on the ground?
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are they letting this reply out? is there very much they can do as this unfolds? >> we have to look at it as, i believe, this is another section of japan. and the area that i'm in in tokyo is impacted in a completely different way. tokyo as a city is right now going through the aftershock of the earthquake and trying to contain its population and trying to move its population in an orderly manner. trying to keep the population calm. you have such a dense population in a large city. many people commute in an infrastructure that is shut down. there are some issues with some office towers that have caught on tower. there are some, i heard many ambulances driving around the city. so i would think that there may be some accidents on the ground as well here in tokyo. when we talk about what is happening north where the tsunami is during, that's a different sort of crisis.
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when a tsunami hits, and if it is as devastating as this one appears to be, then you have an entirely different rescue mechanism. it is not about trying to keep people calm. that man we're seeing waving that white flag, he is trying to be rescued. he is trying to alert the authorities that he needs to be pulled out. it is a very different emergency affair than it is in tokyo. >> i'm going to let you get back and get more information. all right. getting more information from the control room. we want to go back to tokyo. there we see the prime minister, naoto kan speaking. >> translator: no radioactive material has been leaked to the outside. there has been no information of those lines so far. given the situation, an emergency response headquarters has been set up with myself as the head.
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we will secure the safety of the people in japan in order to minimize the damage, the government will make every effort possible. and we ask the people of japan to continue to be cautious and vigilant and keep tuned in to the reports on the television and radio. we ask the people of japan to act calmly. >> listening there again to the prime minister of japan, naoto kan, calling on people across japan to remain calm. krk in a situation look this. he also mentioned that he has set up an emergency response
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headquarters that he will head up himself. we heard earlier that japan has called for international assistance as this unfolds. we watch the ongoing tsunamis roll across the land there along the coastline of japan. and here, too, we have someone on the line. this is richard lloyd perry. he is the asia editor for the time. he lived in tokyo for 16 years. thank you, sir, for speaking with us under these unfortunate circumstances. tell us, you were actually in an office on the seventh floor, i understand, in central tokyo. what happened when this 8.9 magnitude quake struck? >> caller: the earthquake began as many such tremors do. living in japan one gets used to these every few months. there was actually one yesterday when rust sxld then faded away
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after 20 or 30 second. this one kept getting stronger. the windows were rustling, the wall were sheikh. i looked out my window and could i see the seven or eight-story building beginning to move from side to side. i decided it was time to get under my desk where i cowered while the earthquake played itself out. it felt like a very long one. i thought it must have been between a minute and two minutes. when you're waiting for it to end seems like a very long time. >> certainly understand that.

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